Can’t Get No Satisfaction. How many ways can satisfaction elude you? Lordy, lordy, let us count the ways: appetite satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, emotional satisfaction, body shape satisfaction, job satisfaction, dare I go on? From my experience satisfaction is found in the quality I bring to a given moment, and nothing demonstrates this point better than the food that you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Given that time is of the essence in our technology driven world I am often reminded by clients that preparing 3 meals a day is just not possible! I say, possible, but challenging.
With the essentials of protein, carbohydrates and fat now under control let’s take a look at putting it all to use in your day. When the body receives the nutrients it needs from food it is satisfied and does not go looking for more. Quality here means unprocessed organic foods grown in nutrient rich soil without the use of pesticides, herbicides, sewage sludge or the contamination of genetically modified organisms and/or irradiation. On the other hand, (uh oh), if you are eating processed food from packages and/or frozen dinners you should know they are loaded with artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives, excess sodium, hydrogenated fats and all those nasty chemicals they spray on our food. WARNING: THIS FOOD MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH. No, not labeled, but really should be.
Breakfast: Experiment with what the healthiest, longest living people do and break your fast with cooked whole grains, miso soup, salmon or beans, lightly cooked greens and toasted seeds. Research shows that those who eat a good breakfast have a sustained energy and weigh less than those who do not. So, reverse the order and have breakfast as dinner and notice your energy increase and the weight come tumbling off.
Lunch: I propose that every office and teachers lounge have a working kitchen that contains a convection oven, sink, blender, juicer, fridge and small stove. Drop kick the microwave oven out to the corner dumpster and bring lunch from home. Sigh. Until then, there are lunch box containers that can pack soup, salad, grain and protein or your favorite sandwich with a snack of fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and one piece of organic dark chocolate. Research shows that people who brown bag their lunch eat less fat, salt and hidden sugars and higher fiber foods. After a satisfying meal you will be more productive without the aid of 14 cups of coffee and will not need to eat all the kids Oreo’s upon arriving home.
Dinner: It’s been a long day and it is time to relax, and this means your digestive system as well. By eating a vegetarian dinner of vegetables, lentils, grain and/or miso soup with soba noodles you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint on this planet. Then make a commitment not to eat 3 hours before you go to bed. This will help eliminate the late night snacking and prepare your body for complete relaxation and deep sleep. In the morning, feeling light and refreshed, you can break your fast and without a lot of effort, move the previous days waste from your body. Time to start all over again.